Vivek Muralidharan

Vivek Muralidharan (

Minority Engineering Program Graduate Staff

Vivek Muralidharan, a native of Vadodara, Gujarat, India is currently a Ph.D. student in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University. His major field of research is Astrodynamics and Space Applications. He has been working with the Minority Engineering Program (MEP) since May 2017 and dedicatedly manages the MEP Academic Success Center.  

Vivek graduated with Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Karnataka (NITK), India. During his undergraduate, he worked on Formula Student Race Cars. HIs undergraduate thesis is entitled, “Design and Fabrication of Front and Rear Aerodynamic Wings of a Formula Student Race Car”. For the academic year 2014-15, he was elected as the captain of the team, the NITK Racing. He represented his university and his country at the Formula Student China competition held at Xiangyang, Hubei, China in October 2014.  

In fall 2015, Vivek joined Purdue University to pursue his Master's in Astrodynamics. As a member of Professor Kathleen Howell's Multibody Dynamics Research Group, he worked on his Master's Thesis entitled, “Orbit Maintenance Strategies for Sun-Earth/Moon Libration Point Missions: Parameter Selection for Target Point and Cauchy-Green Tensor Approaches”, that he defended in November 2017. He also interned at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology during the course of his Master's. Since January 2018, Vivek is working as a full-time Ph.D. student in the same research group.

During the Academic Boot Camp 2017, Vivek worked as an instructor for MATLAB course as well as Program Manager for the Go-kart Project. He eventually took up the responsibility of a Graduate Assistant and now manages the tutorial center at the MEP. 

As a convener of the National Service Scheme chapter in his undergraduate university, NITK, during 2014-15, he took up social responsibilities of organizing blood donation camps, college, and beach clean-up drive as well as many other public service events. 

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